A week after missing a penalty, Muhammad Sulumba made amends Sunday after opening his scoring account for Nyasa Big Bullets when they defeated Red Lions 2-1 at Balaka Stadium.
It was a big response for Sulumba and the defending champions, Bullets, who started the TNM Super League season with a goalless draw against Moyale last week when Sulumba fluffed a penalty.
Yesterday, Sulumba fired Bullets ahead in the first half, only for Kumbukani Mwambeni, who was eventually substituted for Boniface Kaulesi, to equalise for the Lions.
Niyikiza Aimable, getting the nod in view of Chiukepo Msowoya’s injury, restored Bullets’ lead in the same opening half. The second half did not produce any goal.
With that win, Bullets moved from ninth to fifth position on the log table with four points from two games, at par on points alongside teams such as sixth-positioned Civo United, who defeated Mafco 3-2 yesterday.
Bullets Coach Franco Ndawa, in a post-match interview with Times Radio, hailed his charges for sticking to the game-plan of scoring early and balancing between defending and attacking.
“It was not an easy game and credit should go to the players. Next week, we will face Be Forward Wanderers, but this will be a totally different game,” Ndawa said, while Lions Coach Mike Kumanga accepted defeat.
Other teams also on four points are second, third and fourth-place Moyale, Azam Tigers and Be Forward Wanderers.
In other games played yesterday, Max Bullets and Dwangwa United are still searching for their first win in the league after drawing 0-0 at Kamuzu Stadium.
Max have two points whereas Dwangwa have one. In another game in Mzuzu, Mzuni defeated Kamuzu Barracks 3-1.
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